This module will provide an overview of the key elements and evidence based tools and resources to support survivorship care. The specific elements reviewed in this module do not provide an exhaustive list and they are not mutually exclusive. They have been selected to provide exemplars of strategies that you may find useful in providing survivorship care.
- Identify tools and resources to implement the following elements of survivorship care:
- therapeutic communication
- framework for supportive care
- multidisciplinary care
- survivorship care plan
- shared care
- Identify processes for improving the quality of cancer survivorship care.
Toolbox for providing cancer survivorship care learning activity
Toolbox for providing cancer survivorship care quiz
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- Cancer Learning - Communication Skills Resources
- Supportive Cancer Care Victoria Communication Skills Video Training Resources - The 8 video case studies and accompanying Facilitator Manual aim to supplement current supportive cancer care education resources and focus on improving clinician’s communication skills when undertaking a discussion of supportive care needs with people affected by cancer
Cancer Australia Frontline Psychosocial Support Tutorial – free of charge, registration required, video tutorial that focuses on anger, distress and depression management
- IPOS Online Curriculum Communication and Interpersonal Skills in Cancer Care - US based on-line International Psycho-oncology Society (IPOS) presentation
- IPOS Online Curriculum Psychosocial Assessment in Cancer Patients - US based on-line International Psycho-oncology Society (IPOS) presentation
Framework for supportive care
- Cancer Learning Multidisciplinary Care Resources
- Cancer Learning Multidisciplinary Care(MDC) Toolkit
- Understanding roles in the Multidisciplinary Team17 (Supportive Cancer Care Victoria)
Survivorship Care Plans
- Australian Cancer Survivorship Centre Survivorship Care Planning
- IOM Cancer survivorship care planning factsheet
- National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship “Planning your care”
- Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Centre “Survivorship Care Plan”
- ASCO Cancer Treatment Summaries
- Journey Forward Survivorship Care Plan Builder (for oncology professionals)
- Livestrong care plans
- National Cancer Survivorship Initiative Treatment Summary
- Implementing Cancer Survivorship Care Planning22
- NCSI Treatment Summary User guide and template
- Macmillan (2011) Treatment Summary: A tool to improve Communication between cancer services and primary care
- Cancer Australia Shared follow-up care
- Moving Beyond Patient Satisfaction: Tips to Measure Program Impact
- Determining research priorities for cancer survivorship: consultation and evidence review, National Cancer Survivorship Initiative
- Navigating self-management. A practical approach to implementation for Australian health care agencies – Section 5. Evaluating self-management
- Quality of Life of Cancer Survivors in England. Report on a pilot survey using Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMS)
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